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Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( DTS 5.1 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Teaser(s), Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Adolf Hitler wakes up in the 21st century. He quickly gains media attention, but whereas Germany finds him hilarious and charming, Hitler makes some serious observations about society. ...Look Who's Back (2015) ( Er ist wieder da ) ( Look Who is Back )
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One thing I found very refreshing was how the film doesn't really seem to be very biased or leaning towards one way or another. It doesn't ruin a movie by pushing some view upon you. You're being told a story and given many ways to interpret it. You can be supporting certain things said while still feeling like you learned some moral lessons so you can remain a good person and sleep at night (if you need that sort of thing lol).
The cinematography, sounds, and story couldn't have been better executed. I get chills every time I see one of the scenes at the end. The scene at the end when Hitler is riding in a convertible car and the happy music starts to slow down and distort as he passes more people who support him with salutes in this day and age, and then it shows his notorious face with that sharp nose overshadowed by his hat, the way the orange light hits it, and his quite accurately recreated voice says "Everything has a deeper meaning".
It's such a treat to run into such a mentally stimulating film.
We have the parallel story of Fabian Sawatzki who is a freelance film maker in need of a break and he sees ‘Der Fuhrer’ as a handy meal ticket back into TV. So begins the odyssey and to say this is inspired is a massive understatement.
This is a comedy and it is the most I have laughed in ages. The idea of juxtaposing Hitler’s views as comedy material is genius. Now there is a big however here and that is his views are still pretty offensive even in this context.
The actor playing him is Oliver Masucci and he is an absolute show stealer. Some of this has been adlibbed on actual German streets and other situations and some of the reactions of the public are remarkable for all the right and wrong reasons. This is though an incredibly refreshing and novel film that I am so glad I got to see – I saw it on Netflix and this justifies my monthly subscription for the next six months – this will not be for everyone but if you are open to a new twist on bad things then you will hopefully enjoy this as much as I did.
Further, this film is not just about Hitler and Germany; it is about the universal situation that breeds strong man governments. there is a lesson to be learned here for all citizens of all countries.
Storywise, not much happens in this German film. Like “Borat,” “Look Who’s Back” mixes documentary and dramatic film in telling the story of the Führer, who travels around Germany and meet people (often real ones, not extras hired for the film), whose reaction to the man is obviously genuine.
Directed by David Wnendt, “Look Who’s Back” (“Er ist wieder da”) is a political satire that is less about the protagonist himself (played by excellent Oliver Masucci); it is more about the people surrounding him, and the German society they live in. The end result is something disturbing and funny at the same time, with people giving their thoughts on immediate social issues very frankly before the “Führer” and some occasional jokes including one hilarious parody of “Downfall” (by Christoph Maria Herbst, who incidentally read the original audiobook).
Perhaps that is why I thought the final act was a bit weak. Those who have already read the original book by Timur Vermes (told in a first-person perspective) may not like the changed narrative structure, especially the way the film version wraps up.
Still, “Look Who’s Back” is worth watching for the convincing portrayal of Hitler and the content that crosses the fine line between ridiculous jokes and dead serious subject matter.
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